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“Beautiful house, missing small touches” 3 of 5 stars
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The Decker House
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   119 Second Street SE, Mason City, IA 50401   |  
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“Beautiful house, missing small touches”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

I stayed here for several nights and while the house itself is beautifully renovated and the rooms were comfortable, it's missing the standard Bed and Breakfast touches. The main reasons I choose to stay at a B&B is the personable host(s) and the usual delicious homemade breakfasts. At this place, the hosts merely come to cook your breakfast each morning and the breakfast was unfortunately not very good at all.

There is not much choice for breakfast (during the few mornings I was there, I was given small cups of fruits and either pancakes or a slice of some baked egg concoction and 2 slices of bacon or sausages) I was never asked what I like or don't like. Breakfast was generally tasteless, orange juice was of the diluted kind and coffee was like water. It seemed like the place was run on a very tight budget with minimal money being spent on guests.

I paid $120 a night before tax and I expected more. For $120 I was expecting a toilet/shower inside my bedroom, but I had to walk about 3 metres down the hall for mine. For this I was expecting a much better breakfast than Holiday Inn.

Overall I was disappointed. It is a great place and has a great potential, but it is missing all the values of a true bed and breakfast. Be choosy with your rooms, my room was right under the attic suite, and I could hear and feel all the noise emanating from the room upstairs.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about The Decker House

Address: 119 Second Street SE, Mason City, IA 50401
Location: United States > Iowa > Mason City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Mason City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Decker House 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step into the grand elegance of The Decker House, a beautiful 1890’s home restored to its original splendor. The Decker House is located in the heart of the historic district in downtown Mason City. There are six bedrooms with private baths, including an accessible room on the main floor and a private suite with a Jacuzzi bath on the third. Rates, between $85 and $175 a night, include a complementary beverage at check-in, endless cookie jar and delightful, homemade breakfast. ... more   less 
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The Decker House Mason City, Iowa

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